After the Fall: German Policy in Occupied France, 1940-1944 by Thomas J. Laub

By Thomas J. Laub

German coverage in occupied France through the moment global warfare used to be in lots of methods a narrative of sour inner clash among a number of the German businesses accountable for the career. After the Fall offers an in depth research of the fight among those diversified enterprises, highlighting the numerous transformations in ideology, coverage, and process among the military, the SS, and the diplomatic carrier, and the rivalries among them of their fight for dominance. It additionally seems at what those battles implied for the path of German coverage in France, from the exploitation of the French economic system and the suppression of resistance job, to the try and perform Nazi racial plans. within the method, it sheds a lot gentle on either the internal workings of the Nazi regime and at the judgements made by way of the French executive throughout the process the occupation.

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14–15; Liddell Hart, The German Generals Talk, pp. 112–117; Joachim Fest, Plotting Hitler’s Death. The Story of the German Resistance, translated by Bruce Little (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1996), pp. 139–144. ¹¹ Martti H¨aiki¨o, ‘The race for northern Europe, September 1939–June 1940,’ in Scandinavia during the Second World War, ed. Henrik S. Nissen, translated by Thomas Munch-Petersen (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1983), pp. 66–97. 1. German plans to invade France in 1914, 1939, and 1940.

Mellenthin, Panzer Battles, pp. 24–6; Chapman, Why France Fell, pp. 235–6. 32 the shocking defeat Charg´e d’Affairs in Berne, the French government declared Paris an open city. ²⁴ Three days later, the French government requested an armistice. The Franco-German armistice completed a process of rapid diplomatic change that began in the spring of 1939. Depending upon who was in power, throughout the 1920s and 1930s French foreign policy varied between Aristide Briand’s strategy of Franco-German reconciliation and Raymond Poincar´e’s calls for a strict enforcement of the treaty of Versailles.

Trepidation pervaded military circles as well. Before the war, French generals had promised to attack Germany by the fifteenth day of mobilization. While elite units of the German army raced toward Warsaw, first-class French divisions launched a halfhearted assault along the Franco-German border. Secondclass German divisions stemmed the Gallic tide with little loss of life on either side. ² Geography and the defensive outlook of Allied leaders limited western assistance to Poland. Obsolescent Polish airplanes and outmoded cavalry ¹ Alistair Horne, To Lose a Battle: France 1940 (Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1969), p.

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